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Did you know that your tongue has over a thousand taste buds on it? Have you ever heard that your tongue is actually the strongest muscle in your body? Your tongue plays an important role in helping you breathe, eat, and even speak. Caring for your tongue well will help you stay more comfortable and maintain great oral health.

While you could consider simply using a toothbrush, did you know that there is actually a tool specifically designed to help you clean your tongue? These tools, which are known as tongue scrapers, are generally used to remove bad bacteria. This will help you prevent or address bad breath, and could help your teeth, gums, and tongue stay healthy.

If you’ve tried to brush your tongue with a toothbrush but can’t because of your gag reflex, we recommend considering a tongue scraper. There are several different types of tongue scrapers you could consider using. For example, you could use stainless steel tongue scrapers—which are widely considered very comfortable—or you could use plastic tongue scrapers, which are useful because they are even less likely to aggravate an individual’s gag reflex.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can keep your tongue clean, please don’t hesitate to contact Stone Lodge Dental by calling 214-613-1500. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have, examine your mouth for signs of trouble, and offer you personalized advice. Our dentist, Dr. Ernesto Prida, and our team are excited to hear from you soon!